Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ladder Style Shelf

I found this cart a couple of months ago and it took me this long to figure out what to do with it.  When I found it, it was in its upright position which you can see in the before photo at the end.  It was so unusual I wasn't going to leave it behind, and besides, the price was right.  It was very tall and the limbs were not joined by hinges but rather flimsy pieces of metal.  I had my husband join the two parts with proper hinges and then he attached hasps to hold them in a locked position should the buyer wish to use this rack in the ladder position.  Here in the first photo I am showing it folded in the middle.
I stenciled it with one of my favorite grain sack stencils from Maison De Stencils, and then I went back in with a liner brush and did some accent strokes to highlight and shade the lettering.
I then sanded the whole thing back to give it a more vintage appearance and wiped some gel stain in the crevices.  If this is used in the upright position, it would be a great display piece for lightweight towels or blankets.  The bottom would be great for magazine storage.
I think it's a very unusual piece, and now I have put my own stamp on it.  Here is the before photo.
Thanks for taking a peak.



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9 comments:

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Maggie, This is an unusual piece. As always I love what you did to it! Your trip looked like it was divine! I leave for Italy soon. I think it will be my trip of a lifetime! Hope you are well!

NanaDiana said...

That is a GREAT piece. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color. I love how it turned out. xo Diana

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That really IS unusual! I love what you did with it! You have such vision!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie, I had to go back and look 3 times to figure it out...What a great eye you have, that is a treasure and your stencils with shading...Perfect!!

Carol

Rhonda Kueck said...

We love what you have done. You should come party with us tonight!
Show off your creativity and start the weekend with a party.
http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com/2013/09/craft-frenzy-friday-3.html

Donna said...

What a great makeover, Maggie! I love the color and the stencils. You have such vision, I think most people would have passed the ladder by, but you turned it into a work of art!

Sandra said...

This is so special. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anne said...

Maggie you transformed that piece into a work of art! It's gorgeous!!
xx
Anne

Danni Baird said...

What a beautiful and unusual piece! You made it even better! No surprise there.